This Classical Life

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Jess Gillam with... Amy Harman20190511

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with the bassoonist Amy Harman.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is Amy Harman, principal bassoon with Aurora Orchestra and English National Opera, and their music ranges from Bernstein's Candide Overture to music by Handel and Vivaldi, some classic Miles Davis and new music by Caroline Shaw.

Jess Gillam is joined by bassoonist Amy Harman.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Belle Chen20190413

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with pianist and sound artist Belle Chen.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is the former BBC Introducing pianist and sound artist Belle Chen, and their 30-minute musical journey includes Korngold's Violin Concerto, music for prepared piano by John Cage and Aphex Twin, Sibelius' 7th Symphony and Herbie Hancock playing Ravel.

Forthcoming guests include the pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, the double bassist Sam Becker. This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Belle's music:

Korngold - Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major, 3rd movement (Nicola Benedetti/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Kirill Karabits)
Ravel/Hancock - Piano Concerto in G, 2nd movement (Herbie Hancock/Orpheus Chamber Orchestra)
Traditional - Jag vet en dejlig rosa (Martin Frost/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Adolf Fredrik’s Girls Choir)
Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No.2, 3rd movement (Vladimir Ashkenazy/Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra/Kirill Kondrashin)
John Cage - Sonata No.5 (Boris Berman)
Sibelius - Symphony No.7 (BBC Philharmonic/John Storgards)
Aphex Twin - Kladfvgbung Mischk (from album Drukqs)
Marquez - Danzon No.2 (Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra/Gustavo Dudamel)

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with guest Belle Chen.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Isata Kanneh-Mason20190427

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is the 22-year-old pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, and their musical choices include a Brahms intermezzo, film music by Michael Nyman, symphonies by Beethoven and Walton, and tracks by Beyonce and Radiohead.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Isata’s music:

Michael Nyman - Prospero’s Books: Miranda (Michael Nyman Band, Michael Nyman)
Brahms - Intermezzo B flat minor Op.117 No.2 (Nelson Freire)
Stravinsky - Violin Concerto; 3rd movement (Patricia Kopatchinskaja/ MusicAeterna/Teodor Currentzis)
Radiohead - Harry Patch (In Memory Of)
Beethoven Symphony no.7; 3rd movement (Vienna Philharmonic/Carlos Kleiber)
Beyonce - Hold Up (from album Lemonade )
Walton - Symphony No.1, 4th movement (BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner)
Rachmaninov - Cello Sonata; 3rd movement Andante (Rostropovich and Horowitz recording)

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with guest Isata Kanneh-Mason.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Ollie Howell20190406

Saxophonist Jess Gillam launches her brand new weekly show.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her first guest is the dynamic young drummer and television composer Ollie Howell, and their eclectic choices include Dvorak’s New World Symphony, a film score by Quincy Jones, a mesmerising piano miniature by Nadia Boulanger, and some classic Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

Forthcoming guests include the pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, the double bassist Sam Becker, and the former BBC Introducing pianist and sound artist Belle Chen. This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Saxophonist Jess Gillam launches her brand new weekly show, with composer Ollie Howell.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Saxophonist Jess Gillam launches her brand new weekly show, with the composer Ollie Howell.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her first guest is the dynamic young drummer and television composer Ollie Howell, and their eclectic choices include Dvorak’s New World Symphony, a film score by Quincy Jones, a mesmerising piano miniature by Nadia Boulanger, and some classic Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

Forthcoming guests include the pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, the double bassist Sam Becker, and the former BBC Introducing pianist and sound artist Belle Chen. This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Ollie's music:

Antonin Dvorak – Symphony No.9 'New World', 1st movement (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop)
Quincy Jones - The Separation (‘The Color Purple’)
Bela Bartok - Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, 3rd movement (Cedric Tiberghien, Francois-Frederic Guy - piano / Colin Currie, Sam Walton - percussion)
Nadia Boulanger - Vers La Vie Nouvelle (Lucy Mauro - piano)
Steve Reich - Music for a Large Ensemble (Steve Reich Ensemble - ECM Recording)
Franz von Biber – Passacaglia in G minor 'Guardian Angel' (Rachel Podger - violin)
Maurice Ravel - La Valse (New York Philharmonic / Leonard Bernstein)
Vernon Duke/Yip Harburg - April in Paris (Ella Fitzgerald / Louis Armstrong)

Saxophonist Jess Gillam launches her brand new weekly show, with guest Ollie Howell.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Sam Becker20190420

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with bass player Sam Becker.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is the double and electric bass player Sam Becker, who has co-presented the BBC Young Musician podcast with Jess, and the tracks they share with each other range from Debussy's Sarabande to David Bowie's Heroes, and from Dowland's Flow my teares to serpentwithfeet's take on Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Sam's music:

Debussy - Sarabande (Basel Chamber Orchestra/Armin Jordan)
Julia Wolfe - Reeling (Bang On A Can All-Stars, from the album Field Recordings)
Dowland - Flow my teares (Iestyn Davies countertenor, Thomas Dunford lute)
David Bowie - Heroes
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique, 4th movement; Marche au supplice (Berlin Philharmonic/Simon Rattle)
Serpentwithfeet - Four Ethers
Shostakovich – Adagio from Golden Age Suite (Alexandre Doisy soprano saxophone/Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Kazuki Yamada)
Bach/Vulfpeck - Prelude 10

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with guest Sam Becker

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Sam Becker20190420

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with bass player Sam Becker.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is the double and electric bass player Sam Becker, who has co-presented the BBC Young Musician podcast with Jess, and the tracks they share with each other range from Debussy's Sarabande to David Bowie's Heroes, and from Dowland's Flow my teares to serpentwithfeet's take on Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Sam's music:

Debussy - Sarabande (Basel Chamber Orchestra/Armin Jordan)
Julia Wolfe - Reeling (Bang On A Can All-Stars, from the album Field Recordings)
Dowland - Flow my teares (Iestyn Davies countertenor, Thomas Dunford lute)
David Bowie - Heroes
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique, 4th movement; Marche au supplice (Berlin Philharmonic/Simon Rattle)
Serpentwithfeet - Four Ethers
Shostakovich – Adagio from Golden Age Suite (Alexandre Doisy soprano saxophone/Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Kazuki Yamada)
Bach/Vulfpeck - Prelude 10

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with guest Sam Becker

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with bass player Sam Becker.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is the double and electric bass player Sam Becker, who has co-presented the BBC Young Musician podcast with Jess, and the tracks they share with each other range from Debussy's Sarabande to David Bowie's Heroes, and from Dowland's Flow my teares to serpentwithfeet's take on Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with guest Sam Becker

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Segun Akinola20190504

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with the TV and film composer Segun Akinola.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess is joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is the composer Segun Akinola, whose credits include the latest series of BBC One's Doctor Who. Their choices include music from The Planets by Holst and Stravinsky's Firebird suite, Ravel's string quartet, and tracks by Snarky Puppy and Spiritualized.

Jess Gillam is joined by the film and TV composer Segun Akinola.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam... with Adam Szabo20190518

Jess Gillam is joined by Adam Szabo, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Manchester Collective, to swap tracks and share the music they love.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is the 29-year-old Co-Founder and Managing Director of Manchester Collective, who are redefining how a new generation of audiences engage with the arts. Their musical choices include a Shostakovich waltz, joyful ‘sunshine’ recorder music by 16th century Spanish composer Diego Ortiz, piano music by Debussy, Goreçki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs and their shared love, David Bowie.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess Gillam is joined by Adam Szabo to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.